A Mother for All Seasons: A Memoir

A Mother for All Seasons: A Memoir

by Debbie Phelps
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A Mother for All Seasons: A Memoir by Debbie Phelps

While her son Michael thrilled the world with his record-setting eight-gold-medal performance during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Debbie Phelps stole the show. No Olympics coverage was complete without her, and she often appeared along side her son-and proved a much more compelling guest. After all, she was the one who drove him to all those pre-dawn practices, who raised him and his sisters alone, who told him he could succeed when doubts crept in, who instilled his discipline and drive by her example.

A single mother and devoted school principal, Debbie knows how to raise a successful child, no matter the odds. Her story is also one of adversity, dedication, and the struggle to overcome life's challenges. In her memoir, she tell her full story for the first time: What happened to her husband, Michael′s father? What does it take to raise a champion? What were the challenges of being a single mother? What is Michael really like?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061780011
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/07/2009
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,306,158
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Debbie Phelps is the principal of Windsor Mill Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland, where she lives. As a public speaker, Debbie addresses a range of topics related to education and child development. She sits on multiple business and community-advisory boards. A Chico's model, she is a proud Baltimore Ravens fan.

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Mother for All Seasons 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seems like a wonderful book i think im going to get it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book and highly recommend it. Being a Mother, I took alot away from this book...advice, ideas and mostly the fact that the Phelps family is an ordinary family just like you and I. They go through ups and downs and Debbie proves that it's possible to make it through it all. I found this book motivational...again, more from a Mother standpoint. Very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of biographies and this is a very good one. It's about so much more than Michael.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I struggled to get through this book, and it was not what I expected. Much of the book is about the author's young life in high school, dating, etc. which was quite boring, and not unlike millions of other young people. There was, in my view, way too much emphasis on that and way too little on Michael's incredible accomplishments. Also, the author mentioned that her one daughter was named after the highest mountain in the United States, Whitney. The highest mountain in the United States is not Mt. Whitney in California, it's Mt. McKinley in Alaska.
DonnaJNY More than 1 year ago
Debbie Phelps shows us how she always puts family first and still manages to be a successful person in her own right...She is an inspiration to all of us mothers out there as well as teachers. She reminds us what it is like to be a truly remarkable human being by working hard, caring for everyone, and living life to the fullest while sacrificing her time for her family...I'm glad she chose to share it with all of us...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago